It's National Families Week and Kinderling Conversation's been celebrating families in all their fabulous forms this week. From emergency foster carers to friends who became parents to families born around the world, we spoke to inspiring people who shared their own heartfelt experiences of family, kids and caring. Here are their stories...
Dad Matt Stegh co-parents with a friend
Matt says he always knew he wanted to be a dad, but he also knew he didn’t want to do it the conventional way. So, he found a friend. Fast forward nine years and he, his friend and his son make one successful and happy family.
Julie Green and Georgie Smart discuss blended families
"Communication, communication, communication," is what Julie Green, Executive Director of the Raising Children Network, told us it takes to make a happy blended family. Hear Julie's advice and Georgie Smart's personal experience of the challenging and rewarding aspects that make large blended families work.
Janet and Lisa discuss becoming foster carers
Janet and Lisa are respite and emergency foster carers for Stretch-a-Family in Sydney. They often take kids when they are at their most vulnerable, but they say that it’s fun, rewarding and that it makes a real difference.
Saman Shad had three babies on three different continents
Journalist Saman Shad talked us through travelling with tiny babies and toddlers, and explains what it's like bringing up mixed-race children in Australia today.
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Maggie Dent on why parenting is harder today than ever before
And little tips for making it a pinch easier.
7 tips for surviving sleep deprivation with a young family
You'll be nodding off and feeling great in no time.
Should you discipline another person’s child?
Things to keep in mind so you don't repeat The Slap.
The Promise of Sleep: A lifesaving podcast for every parent chasing more z's
A saviour for the sleep-deprived!
The simplest things that make a marriage happy
They are simple and obvious, but often get missed in the chaos of life.
Well-meaning but wrong: Why gift cards aren't presents for kids
Remember: Children process information very differently from adults.
The truth about green snot
Green, gooey and gross. But absolutely necessary!
Make dreams come true: A parent’s guide to realising their ambition
We want more than just ‘surviving’. We want ‘thriving’.